Monday, September 30, 2013

Review: Ausini Outer Space Series No. 25463 Guarder

Price: Philippine Peso 269.75
No. of Pieces: 199
Recommended Age: 6+

Yessir another robot to build!  This time its from Chinese manufacturer Ausini.

There were bigger kits in the lot but I just wanted to give Ausini's Outer space robots line a try before committing to the bigger kits.

I always consider labeled seals as a sign of class :)

A robot brick toy set for 269 pesos!  Who needs Kre-O

The bricks!

The bricks were a fine mix of grays, darker grays and yellow!

It felt like opening a box for a model truck :)

The awesome instruction sheet reminded me that my mission was to build a ROBOT!

Whoops my hand slipped while holding the camera providing us with a blurred glimpse of the inner pages of the instructions sheet.

The sticker sheet is a bit on the thick sticker side so it felt a bit on the cheap.

Let's free the bricks from their plastic:

I like Ausini's colors.  Unlike China brick toys of the past with dull and faded colors the current crop of China brick toys seem to have gotten the colors down pat.  Ausini is no different as the yellow of the bricks really pop out.

What surprised me even more and made this an even better purchase was the presence of pre-printed bricks.  No more stickers to apply.  And this despite the inclusion of a sticker sheet in the set.

Printed pieces!  No stickers needed!

The minifig:

Oho!  CHROME!  The minifig has a retro style chrome helmet!  Awesome!

The figure when completed gives off that retro sci-fi feel!  Like he stepped out of Buck Rogers or something like it.

Even the oxygen tank looks retro!

Specialty Bricks:

There were a lot of rotating pieces and swing pieces here.  Unlike Lego which pre-assembles similar pieces, Ausini makes you build everything!

Unlike Lego, China brick toys manufacturers occasionally have problems with making their pieces accurately fit each other.  The lock peg for this swing piece needed a bit of hammering to lock into place.  Fortunately only one out of the 8 similar pieces needed to be forced into place.  The others slid in smoothly.

On to building:

The legs of the robot partially done.  It really is a nice looking kit.  The minifigure is shown for scale.

The lower portion of the robot is almost done.  Take note of the pieces with printed graphics on them.
I made a mistake with the feet and had to reassemble it with the proper printed brick.

Argh the instructions didn't mention anything about using a printed brick

Notice here how the "Guarder" chest piece is not indicated on the instruction sheet.  This is the biggest complaint I have for this particular Ausini set.  The instructions did not indicate where the printed pieces would be used.  This is also true for the sticker sheet as there was no indication as to where to place the stickers.

The arms:

Felt somewhat flimsy when I was building them.  And the rotating pieces did not provide locking mechanisms so posing this robot would prove to be a challenge.

The complete robot:

Guarder in action!

It turned out really neat.  It reminded a couple of folks of the Rifleman from Battletech.  Although with the Pilot sitting on top it looks more like a workmech to me.  Notice the arms cannot be posed properly since the rotational pieces do not lock into place.

I was afraid the legs won't be able to take the weight but it does fine.

Here's a close-up of the pilot in the cockpit.  Like I said it feels like a workmech to me.  I was lazy to remove the oxygen pack from the minifig so it can't be placed in a sitting position.

Full frontal!

And for the final pose, amazingly the leg hinges actually are tight enough to make semi-walking poses work.

Overall this was an enjoyable piece to make from Ausini.  Kudos to the ever increasing quality of these China brick toys.